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The Laureus Sport for Good Award is an award honouring the achievements of those who have demonstrated "tremendous contribution to sport or to society through sport".[1] It was first awarded in 2000 as one of the inaugural awards presented during the Laureus World Sports Awards.[1] The awards are presented by the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, a global organisation involved in more than 150 charity projects supporting 500,000 young people.[3] The first ceremony was held on 25 May 2000 in Monte Carlo, at which Nelson Mandela gave the keynote speech.[4] The recipient is presented with a Laureus statuette, created by Cartier, at an annual awards ceremony held in various locations around the world.[5] Although the Laureus Awards ceremony is held annually, the Sport for Good Award is not necessarily presented every time; it is one of a number of discretionary awards that can be given by the Laureus World Sports Academy.[1]

Laureus Sport for Good Award
Awarded for"tremendous contribution to sport or to society through sport".[1]
LocationMonaco (2019)[2]
Presented byLaureus Sport for Good Foundation
First awarded2000
Currently held byYuwa (IND)[2]
WebsiteOfficial website

The inaugural winner of the Laureus Sport for Good Award in 2000 was American Eunice Kennedy Shriver. The summer camp which she started in her back yard in 1962 became the Special Olympics and she was described by CNN's Emanuella Grinberg as "an advocate for the disenfranchised and a trailblazer for the rights of the disabled".[6] The 2004 award was shared: Kenyan cricket organisation Mathare Youth Sports Association received it along with both the India and Pakistan national cricket teams. As of 2017, one individual has been honoured posthumously. Peter Blake, the New Zealand yachtsman, was shot dead by pirates on the Amazon River in December 2001.[7] Since its establishment, the award has not been awarded twice, in 2009 and 2013. It has been presented to organisations or individuals from Kenya and the United States on the most occasions, with three awards for each nation. The 2019 recipient of the Laureus Sport for Good Award was "Yuwa", a north-India organisation which uses "uses football to empower young girls in rural Jharkhand to overcome violence and child marriage and choose their own futures".[8]

RecipientsEdit

Key
  Indicates posthumous award
Year Image Winner Nationality Notes Ref(s)
2000   Eunice Kennedy Shriver   USA Founder of Camp Shriver which became the Special Olympics [9]
2001   Kip Keino   KEN Former athlete, and two-time Olympic gold medallist who has conducted humanitarian work in Eldoret, Kenya [10]
2002 Peter Blake     NZL Yachtsman who was killed on the Amazon River by pirates [11]
2003   Arnold Schwarzenegger   USA Former body-builder closely involved with the Special Olympics – his former mother-in-law was founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver [12]
2004   India and Pakistan men's cricket teams   IND
  PAK
After being on the brink of war, India and Pakistan relations improved through the game of cricket. [13][14]
Mathare Youth Sports Association (MYSA)   KEN Using cricket, the MYSA helps combat the widespread disease and drug abuse in Mathare area of Kenya. [13][15]
2005 Gerry Storey   GBR Boxing trainer who spent his lifetime's work running the Holy Family Gym throughout The Troubles [16]
2006 Jürgen Griesbeck   GER Founder of the "streetfootballworld" project which assists underpriviliged children around the world [17]
2007 Luke Dowdney   GBR Creator of "Fight for Peace" project in Rio de Janeiro [18]
2008 Brendan Tuohey and Sean Tuohey   USA Co-founders of Peace Players International project [19]
2009 No award [20]
2010   Dikembe Mutombo   COD Former NBA player, engaged in charitable work in the Democratic Republic of the Congo [21]
2011   May El-Khalil   LBN Former athlete, founder of Beirut Marathon [22]
2012   Raí   BRA Former Brazilian footballer, campaigner for social justice [23]
2013 No award [24]
2014 Magic Bus   IND Mentors and coaches underprivileged children in India [25][26]
2015 Skateistan   AFG Cambodian youth organisation which uses skateboarding as a way of engaging children with education [27][28]
2016 Moving the Goalposts   KEN Uses football to empower girls in Kilifi, Kenya, while educating them about sex tourism and AIDS/HIV [29][30]
2017 Waves for Change   RSA Surfing therapy for children from the townships of South Africa [31][32]
2018 Active Communities Network   GBR Uses sport and cultural activity to promote "community cohesion and tackle youth crime" in London [33]
2019 Yuwa   IND An "organisation which uses football to empower young girls in rural Jharkhand to overcome violence and child marriage" [8]

ReferencesEdit

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